2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak
Dr. Kent Brantly On Contracting Ebola

Dr. Kent Brantly, working with the NGO Sumaritan’s Purse in Liberia, contracted Ebola in July of 2014 while treating patients. Dr. Brantly discusses treating his first Ebola patient, who had arrived at the hospital with her uncle. Both the young woman, Teresa, and her uncle had Ebola, however Teresa’s uncle passed away while the doctor’s were setting up to treat them. Teresa passed away a few days later. On the early days of treating the disease, Brantly says: “For the first month and a half, we had one survivor.” Dr. Brantly’s wife also speaks about what it was like living with someone who was treating the disease: “He would come to the door and I would just send him straight to the shower, change of clothes. You can’t touch anybody until you’ve detoxed.”

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Submitted by: Ilana Faber
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